Substance Abuse

The majority of people in prison and jail have a substance use disorder. Despite the promise demonstrated by some treatment programs for people who are incarcerated, just a fraction of the people who need services for substance abuse receive it. Connecting people incarcerated to treatment programs proven to be effective, prioritizing resources for those nearing release, and encouraging community-based aftercare will ensure better outcomes for people released from prisons and jails, and the communities to which they return.

Substance Abuse FAQs

Providing answers on relevant topics concerning Mental Health, Health and Substance Abuse topics.

Recent Posts

U.S. Capitol

Congress Funds Key Criminal Justice Programs

Congress funded three key programs championed by the Council of State Governments Justice Center as part of an appropriations bill that provided $26.7 billion to support U.S. Department of Justice programs.

Announcements

SAMHSA

Call for Applicants for Medication Assisted Treatment Program

The purpose of this program from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is to provide funding to states to enhance and/or expand their treatment service systems to increase capacity and provide accessible, effective, comprehensive, and coordinated care and evidence-based medication-assisted treatment and recovery support services to individuals with opioid use disorders.

Webinars

webinar

Improving Outcomes for Court-Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders

This webinar provides an overview of three briefs that were recently published by National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders among youth.

Publications

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

OJJDP’s Statistical Briefing Book on Youth

This resource, hosted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, offers access to statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics at the national, state, and county levels. Such […]

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Interim Report of the President’s Task Force on Twenty-First Century Policing

This interim report from Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the President’s Task Force on Twenty-First Century Policing identifies guiding principles and recommendations for policing practices that can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust within the communities they serve.

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Democracy & Justice: Collected Writings, Vol. VIII

This compendium includes material drawn from Brennan Center reports, policy proposals, issue briefs, public remarks, legal briefs, and congressional testimonies, as well as op-eds written by Brennan Center staff, fellows, and experts in the field in 2014.

American Jail Association

10 Facts About Women in Jails

This article from the American Jail Association provides an overview of research and practice that point to the unique challenges faced by women who are involved with the justice system.

Recent headlines

Poll: Texans Strongly Support Criminal Justice Reforms

According to this study by the Council of State Government’s Justice Center, from 2007 to 2012, the number of juveniles detained in Texas state facilities dropped from around 4,305 to about 1,500, a decrease of 66 percent, while the juvenile crime rate fell by a third.

Drug Treatment Court Rebuilds Lives

Drug Treatment Court is an alternative to a sentence with the Montana Department of Corrections, and involves plans developed for each participant.

Recognizing Offender Needs When Assessing Risk

Offender risk assessments need to include appraisals of destabilizing influences and factors likely to cause criminal behavior — known as criminogenic needs — according to a new study in the journal Criminology and Public Policy.

Police and the Mentally Ill: LAPD Unit Praised as Model for Nation

They’re setting a great example for other departments to emulate,” says Jerry Murphy, a criminal justice mental health policy specialist at the Council of State Governments Justice Center. In 2010, that nonprofit organization designated the LAPD one of six national training sites for specialized mental health policing.

Latessa: A Tool for Helping to Predict Crime Risk

Although risk assessment is a core practice that helps criminal justice professionals make decisions and apply resources that can help reduce recidivism, a Feb. 24 Associated Press report in The Virginian-Pilot instead highlighted three devastating stories of former offenders who committed extremely violent crimes after being assessed as being at a low risk of reoffending.

Lawmakers Encourage Bowser to Reconsider Declaring Pot Legal in D.C.

The Washington Post By Aaron C. Davis and Peter Hermann City leaders declared Tuesday that marijuana possession will become legal in the District at 12:01 a.m. Thursday — but warned the public that many pot-related activities will remain illegal, including […]

Jail Population Overlooked in Reform Efforts

In a system that is often overlooked by the public and misused by law enforcement, Blacks account for more than one-third (36 percent) of the jail population, according to a new report from the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonpartisan research and policy group.